If you’ve never had a chance to check out the wonderfully awful 2003 cult hit “The Room,” then do yourself a favor and find yourself a copy, order a pizza, invite a couple of friends over, and enjoy yourself a night of cinematic gold. Written, produced, directed, and starring filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, “The Room” created a benchmark by which all other terrible movies are judged.
Around two years ago, one of the films producers and stars, Greg Sestero–along with writer Tom Bissell–put together a book giving audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the travesty that is “The Room.” The name of that book was “The Disaster Artist,” and it’s an incredibly interesting look inside the man Tommy Wiseau, who becomes both terrifying and sympathetic throughout the story.
Actor/Filmmaker James Franco has always been a huge fan of “The Room,” and back when I lived in L.A., I remember hearing from friends of mine that Judd Apatow’s posse (Seth Rogen, James Franco, etc.) frequented the “Room” screenings, wherein fans get to yell out expletives and throw spoons at the screen “Rocky Horror Picture Show” style. As such, it was no surprise when Seth Rogen’s production company, Point Grey Productions, picked up the film option for the book.
So far, we’ve heard that Franco is set to direct a script adapted by Michael H. Weber, perhaps most recognized from his work as writer for the recent “The Fault in Our Stars” movie. Franco is also set to star as Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric and ambiguously foreign auteur, whose ambitions far exceed his talent. Franco’s brother, Dave Franco is set to co-star with his brother as Greg Sestero, the man who would eventually write the book on which this film is based.
Now, of course, the big question we have is “when will this start?” Well, according to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, the film is set to begin production on December 7, 2015. If Franco remains loyal to the source material, it won’t be long before we’re in for a hilarious, yet heartfelt look at the making of one of the worst films of all time.
For those unfamiliar with the “The Room,” it chronicles the story of an unfortunate man whose wife is cheating on him with his best friend. Honestly, that’s the best way to describe the flick, as there is very little plot to speak of. Really, the film consists of characters walking in and out of rooms with little to no reason or motivation. The acting is atrocious, and the writing is even worse. The capper of the entire thing is the fact that the movie looks like it was made for maybe $100,000, but in reality it had a budget of around $6 million.
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